Glucagon Blood Test
Test Code: 004622
Specimen Type: Blood
Glucagon Blood Test (Labcorp)
This test measures the level of glucagon in the blood. Glucagon is a hormone produced by the pancreas that helps the body regulate its glucose (sugar) levels. Glucagon's primary function is to prevent blood sugar levels from dropping too low. When blood sugar drops, the pancreas produces more glucagon which triggers the body to release stored glucose. Glucagon levels are typically elevated after exercising, fasting, or eating meals that are high in protein and low in carbohydrates. Glucagon is sometimes elevated in people with type 2 diabetes who have higher than normal blood sugar. People with type 1 diabetes may take glucagon medication to manage periods of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia.)
Pancreatic glucagon blood testing may be ordered by people with type 1 diabetes who take medication to manage low blood sugar. People with type 2 diabetes may test their glucagon level to help manage the dosage of their medication. A glucagon blood test may be ordered for someone with symptoms of low blood sugar to help identify the cause.
Turnaround for the glucagon blood test is typically 3-10 business days.
Where can I find a Glucagon Test near me?
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Note: Result turn around times are an estimate and are not guaranteed. Our reference lab may need additional time due to weather, holidays, confirmation/repeat testing, or equipment maintenance.
Overnight fasting is required.
For the most accurate results, the donor should be in a calm relaxed state. Stress can elevate glucagon levels. For people with diabetes, the results of this test will be most accurate if they have good glycemic control.
It is recommended that someone taking Biotin (also known as vitamin B7 or B8, vitamin H, or coenzyme R) stop consumption at least 72 hours prior to the collection of a sample.